Brad Pitt is an exceedingly cool guy. I mean, I don’t know him or anything—though we can all get to know him a little better in Esquire’s new interview with Pitt and his Once Upon a Time…In Hollywood buddies Quentin Tarantino and Leonardo DiCaptrio—but the guy exudes an aura of general coolness. And he doubled down on that vibe when he hit the red carpet at Cannes this Tuesday wearing a pair of extremely stylish sunglasses.
Because Pitt is, in addition to being a cool guy, a very famous guy, we’re now lucky enough to know the provenance of those sunglasses: They’re called the “Calabar,” and they’re by boutique eyewear brand Garrett Leight California Optical. The Calabar is a riff on the classic wayfarer shape—but with a few key changes.
First off, the shape is a little different than the old-school version of the wayfarer. The frames are more squared-off, and the browline isn’t quite so flat, dipping at the bridge to give the glasses a new feel. Plus, the temple pieces are toned-down (and inspired by ’50s car fins, if you’re looking for a conversation-starter). Basically, they feel both retro and modern, which is a very good combo when it comes to sunglasses.
Plus, they’re Brad Pitt-approved. Think about it: Once Upon a Time…In Hollywood is one of the summer’s biggest releases. Cannes is one of the movie industry’s biggest events, and a huge chance for stars to show off their style, to boot. If these sunglasses are good enough for a guy like Pitt at a time like this, they’re good enough for your hungover coffee run this weekend.
At $340, the Calabar isn’t exactly cheap. But good eyewear is worth the investment. You’re wearing it on your face, after all. Don’t you want your face to look good? Like, maybe even Brad Pitt good? Just don’t forget your pair at the beach—or on the red carpet of the next gala you attend. Pitt probably wouldn’t approve.